NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at St. Louis
(Tuesday, January 30th)
Final Score: Minnesota 5, St. Louis 2
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Pavol Demitra both scored a pair of goals, as the Minnesota Wild held off the St. Louis Blues, 5-2, at Scottrade Center.
Pascal Dupuis also scored for the Wild, who have won five of their last six on the road. Brian Rolston and Wes Walz both contributed a pair of assists, and Manny Fernandez stopped 29-of-31 shots in goal.
"The Blues have been pretty hot lately in the past ten games," Bouchard said. "We could tell the first two periods that they came out pretty strong and they were working hard but we stuck to the game plan and got a goal on the power- play which is good for our confidence."
Eric Brewer and Jay McClement scored the goals for the Blues, who lost their second straight after having a season-best four-game winning streak halted on Saturday. Radek Dvorak, Petr Cajanek and Keith Tkachuk each notched assists, while Manny Legace blocked 25-of-29 shots in defeat.
Bouchard got Minnesota on the board first when he wristed in a goal 5:43 into the game, but Brewer's backhander on the power play 13:21 into the second tied the score at one.
Rolston worked the puck across the slot and fed it to Bouchard, who snapped it in from just above the crease for a 2-1 Wild lead with 9:39 remaining in the third.
Minnesota started to pull away about three minutes later. Demitra fired a slap shot from the high slot just over the netminder's shoulder for a 3-1 Wild lead heading down the stretch.
The Blues answered with 1:54 left on the clock. Tkachuk wrapped the puck around the goal and McClement was in front for the wrist shot that cut St. Louis' deficit to just one.
The Blues then pulled their goaltender, however Demitra broke free down the middle off a face off for an easy goal with 55.6 seconds left.
Dupuis later dished the puck to Walz, who scored off a criss-cross backhand drop pass with 5.5 seconds left to ice the game.
The Wild finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Blues were just 1-for-3 on the man advantage.
"We'll check the scoring chances in the second period," St. Louis coach Andy Murray said. "We had enough [of them] to put it away. We did not score on our chances and they capitalized."
Tonight's game was the first of four meetings this season between the two clubs, with Minnesota having won six of the last seven matchups...St. Louis' Doug Weight has six goals and nine assists in 15 career games against Minnesota, but failed to add any points in the defeat.
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